This article was originally published on the Volleyball Canada website.
The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Volleyball Canada announced the men’s and women’s volleyball teams nominated to represent Team Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games from July 10 to 26.
Both the women’s and men’s teams include Canada’s most experienced and skilled volleyball athletes. The men’s team, based in Gatineau, Quebec, is coached by 1984 Olympian Glenn Hoag. The women’s team, which trains in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is headed by Arnd "Lupo" Ludwig.
The teams have had a busy start to the season. The men began their FIVB World League campaign in May to sell-out crowds at the Stampede Corral in Calgary, beating Cuba twice. The team sits at the top of its World League pool as of this date. The team also qualified for the FIVB World Cup after winning gold at the Champions Cup in Detroit last month, beating the U.S in the process. The World Cup, held in September, is also a qualifier for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The women’s team traveled to Cuba for the Women’s Champions Cup and is currently competing at the Pan Am Cup in Peru, winning its first three matches of the competition. The women’s team will again be part of the FIVB World Grand Prix tournament this year before the Pan Am Games in Toronto.
The volleyball competition will take place at Exhibition Centre Hall A, with the women competing July 16 – 25 and the men competing July 17 – 26. Tickets still available.
Canada will field the largest team in its Pan American Games history with more than 700 athletes expected to be named to the Team at the Games in Toronto. With TORONTO 2015 providing a “home Games” experience, as well as a number of qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, these Games will offer a tremendous experience for Canada’s high performance athletes.
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“These teams are made up of Canada’s most talented volleyball players and are led by outstanding coaches. Together, I know they will deliver incredible competition when they face the Americas this summer. Your country is behind you as you take on the challenge and honour of representing your country on home soil. Congratulations to all who made the teams.”
Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee
“There is an incredible amount of talent and potential in this group and I know that these teams are dedicated to making Canada proud. I am confident that the coaches, support staff and athletes have been training hard and are fully ready for success in Toronto - congratulations.”
Curt Harnett, TORONTO 2015 Team Canada Chef de Mission
“This is a great opportunity to showcase our sport at home, and we have a group of experienced players who are going to take advantage of the Games atmosphere to make their country proud. We are looking forward to the challenge.”
Arnd “Lupo” Ludwig, Women’s Head Coach
“As a player, I realized the importance of the multi-Games experience, and as a coach I am looking forward to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games as part of our journey to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. It will also be very exciting for the fans in Toronto to see this level of volleyball on a home court.”
Glenn Hoag, Men’s Head Coach
“I’m looking forward to seeing some exciting matches on both the men’s and women’s sides. Congratulations to the athletes selected to represent Canada at this home Games. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I’m sure our teams will represent our sport and country with skill and enthusiasm. “
Debra Armstrong, President, Volleyball Canada
“I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to the athletes named today to Canada’s volleyball teams for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games. I wish you good luck as you enter the final stages of your preparation and hope you enjoy the experience of competing on home soil during the Year of Sport in Canada.”
The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)
The indoor volleyball athletes who will represent Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Games are:
Prior to being named to the final Canadian Pan American Team, all nominations are subject to approval by the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Team Selection Committee following its receipt of nominations by all National Sport Federations towards the end of June 2015.